(Closed) How long does it take to tour a venue?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Venue tours can last from 20 minutes to over an hour, depending on how good your “salesperson”/tour guide is. I’ve easily done three tours in a day.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Three tours in a day is definetly doable – I wouldn’t worry about that.  I would try and come up with a list of questions so that you can ask/take notes while your walking around, which might save you some time also.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

You can deff do 3 in 1 day. I would buy a wedding planning binder there is a purple one that has list of questions to ask your venue!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The venues I have looked at (mainly hotels) were 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how much they have to show you – how many banquet halls, rooms, etc.  If you call to book an appointment, just ask how long they expect it to take and then you can work in as many as possible!  You can easily fit in 3 appointments, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was more than that.

Also – definitely agree with the other ladies about having a printed list of questions that you can jot info down on!  They start to blend together after the first few…I had a few banquet coordinators tell me my list was one of the more thorough ones that they have come across.  I will email if to you if you want!  Just PM me your email.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I would have to say 3-5 tours in a day is very do-able. What venue’s are you visitng may I ask?

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with the rest of the posters. Also, there will be sites you won’t like off the bat – this made me try to keep the site visit as short as possible. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I just wanted to be sure…maybe give you some insight on some places (I toured tons!) but here’s my experiences…

Danada House – very nice place, on the pricey side not worth the money at least to me

Carriage Green Country Club – run, far and fast, nice grounds but on the older side and it looks cheesy and drafty on the inside…the indoor reception location is small and options are limited

Narnia Estate – beautiful grounds, beautiful hall ok location…

Pheasant Run – is nice, had my high school prom there, but do keep in mind its an older facility and it is a resort

If you would like some suggestions, you can check out my hall which is DiNolfo’s in Homer Glen (another location in Mokena), very nice and very well priced. I also liked the Fox Valley Country Club, The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s campus, Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, the Bolingbrook Golf Club, and Walter Payton’s Roundhouse.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We flew from LA to Seattle for two days to scout out locations. We did 4 a day easily. We started early and scheduled out time for lunch, accounted for drive time and parking, and were done by 4 each day. We came up with our list of questions beforehand and emailed it to the venues, whcih eliminated some right off the bat. The ones that we actually looked at were ones that we knew had all our requirements but we needed to see in person. Some places looked great online in photos but looked bad in person.  

Post # 14
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990 posts
Busy bee

I have no experience with Kemper Lakes unfortunately. I can tell you that it is very far from the city or Chicago, very north (over an hour) but it is a nice area. The Abbington is very nice, we toured there as well when we were looking for a venue and I went to a conference there (FI had his high school prom there). At my conference, one of the people at my table found a moth in her salad so the food was a turn off for me. But the actual banquet room is very pretty but not much room for pictures in the foyer and the location is so-so (kinda strip mall-ish). Also, Ashton Place and Alpine Banquets may not be your cup of tea. They are older facilities and kind of dark on the inside. Ashyana Banquets is beautiful, very pricey and doubles as an Indian food restaurant so the whole place smells like curry. Hotel Arista in Naperville is stunning, if you like that metropolitan feel but also very pricey. If you have time, check out the website for DiNolfo’s here. I know its promotion but I love their location, their facility is gorgeous, and the people are so helpful.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Another suggestion for you is The Cheney Mansion in Oak Park. I haven’t started really looking at venues yet, so I can’t help too much. But I grew up near the mansion and have seen/been to many beautiful events there.

Good luck with your touring. Just curious – why Chicago for your destination? Are you or your Fiance from here?

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